MIA’s Hieb Wins Professional Award

Earns ASAE honor; will be feted in August. (June 7)



CLEVELAND – Jim Hieb, vice president of the Marble Insistute of America, will receive the 38th Professional Performance Award from the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE).

The award recognizes invaluable contributions made by association executives who are at the top level within their organizations, but aren’t CEOs.

Hieb, with the MIA since 2003, contributed to a number of association accomplishments, include working with a volunteer committee to develop the industry’s first credentialing program, expanding safety resources, and developing a robust continuing education program.

“Every member of the MIA who has worked with Jim, or watched him in action, can attest to the great job he does for the MIA,” says Michael Twiss, MIA president. “It is no surprise to anyone that he is one the best association staff professionals in the business.”

Garis Distelhorst, MIA executive vice president, is a former recipient of the Key Award, ASAE’s top honor for association chief staff executives. MIA may be the only association in the country with two members of its staff so honored, since there have only been 160 winners of the Key Award in the last 52 years and only 36 winners of the Professional Performance Award since it was introduced in the 1990s.

“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Jim Hieb on many occasions. His individual contributions are significant, noteworthy, and important to the ongoing growth and sustainability of the association community,” said Catherine A. Brown, FASAE, CAE, executive director of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Greater San Francisco Bay Area Chapter, and chair of the 2012 Awards Committee. “I’m humbled to serve with him and honored to announce him as the recipient of this prestigious individual award. MIA, ASAE and the association community are all fortunate recipients of his talents.”

The award will be presented at the 2012 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition, August 11-14 in Dallas.

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